By Laura Jean Whitcomb
Did you know that there are 10 species of frogs native to New Hampshire? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department does, and shares information about these species — from American toad to Fowler’s toad — on their website. The Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program also produces a series of handy wildlife identification cards that families can use as they are out and about enjoying the local landscape.
“The Wildlife ID cards were originally produced over several years and given as gifts to private supporters who donated to the Nongame Program. We do maintain a supply in stock and the cards are available to anyone for a suggested donation of $1 per card,” says Allison Keating, program planner for Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. “However, if a teacher is interested in them for educational purposes we can provide a limited supply at no cost.”
The Wildlife ID cards currently available are: Frogs of NH, Snakes of NH, Salamanders of NH, Turtles of NH, Hawks of NH, Owls of NH, Coastal Birds of NH, Marsh/Wetland Birds of NH, Butterflies of NH and Dragonflies of NH. New cards come out annually as well.
Get your set by writing to Allison Keating, Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, New Hampshire Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301. Checks should be made out to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program with a note specifying any preference for the ID cards.
Originally published in the April/May 2014 issue of Kid Stuff.